Major League Baseball's return has seen some hiccups over the weekend, with delays in COVID-19 test results and teams being forced to cancel or postpone workouts. Those issues are persisting today as at least two teams have suspended workouts, while a few more players around the league have tested positive.
The San Francisco Giants suspended their workouts at Oracle Park while they await the results of tests that were conducted over the weekend, according to Kerry Crowley. Elsewhere around the league, David Ross announced that the Cubs were pushing back their workouts while they await test results.
The delays are not good for many reasons, the biggest obviously that it provides an unsafe environment for workouts while players and staff are not unsure if anyone in the organization is infected. Secondly, it puts teams at a disadvantage when they are forced to delay their workouts while other teams proceed with preparing for the season.
Nationals star left fielder Juan Soto is isolating after coming into contact with someone on the team who has tested positive, according to Jesse Dougherty. This is an example of testing working well and resulting in players doing the right thing, even if it means the Nationals may be without their best player for at least 14 days.
Dougherty also reported that Nats manager Dave Martinez said that two Nationals have tested positive during in-take testing.
Oakland A's starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Luzardo had been sidelined from A's workouts for a few days and will now be forced to isolate for at least 14 days.
Luzardo was expected to be part of the A's rotation this year, so this could be a blow to the A's plans.
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